Westport Lake

Westport Lake |  80%

Westport Lake Road, off Brownhills Road, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4RZ 

Westport Lake Art 1     Westport Lake Landscape     Westport Lake Visitors Centre

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4         4         4         4         4         5         3          5         4         3          = 40/50

Ways to Wellbeing Score = 80%

 

Summary

An urban park and nature reserve possessing a country park feel.  With the largest body of water in the city, its canal-side location makes it a popular mooring spot for the passing narrowboat folk.  A stylish modern Visitor’s Centre (Staffordshire Wildlife Trust) includes a café, toilets and conference suite/educational classroom.

Café open 10am until 5.30pm summer (4pm winter).

 

Connect Logo 2 Connect (People & Nature) ****4

Staffordshire Wildlife visitor’s centre & shop  |  Cafe, toilets & baby changing facilities  |  Observation terrace from cafe  |  Conference room  | Educational activity classroom  |  Nature reserve  |  Regular events (Staffordshire Wildlife & Green Door Project)

 

Be Active Logo Be Active (Body) ****4

Children’s play park  |  Green space for ball games and exercise  |  Circular walks around lake(s)  |  Way-marked health walks in nature reserve  |  Fishing (large lake only)  |  Cycle hire (adapted cycles for less well abled via Green Door Project)  |  Cycling permitted (restricted speed)

 

Take notice Logo Take Notice (Place)  ***** 4

Nature reserve  |  Water bird haven  |  Good for bird watching  |  Local heritage interest (canal and pottery industry)

 

Keep Learning Logo Keep Learning (Mind) ***** 4

Nature reserve with interpretation boards  |  Heritage interpretation boards  |  Wildlife and eco/environmental interpretation displays  |  Nature tots programme (engaging young children in nature)

 

Give Logo Give (Spirit) ***** 4

Volunteer opportunities (Green Door Project)  |  Nature conservation (Staffordshire Wildlife)

 

Care Logo Care (Planet) ***** 5

Nature reserve and lake benefits migrating birds  |  Eco-building promotes environmental education and saves energy  |  Plenty of waste & dog poo bins

 

Be Creative Logo Be Creative (Self) ***** 3

Some art sculpture & ceramic mosaics  |  Activity room provides creative opportunities

 

Cost Logo Value ***** 5

No entrance fees to park or visitor’s centre  |  Free parking

 

Upkeep Logo Upkeep ****4

Usually well maintained & relatively litter free  |  Pro-active group of volunteers support this park well  |  Recently improved car parks

 

Secure Logo Secure/Feeling Safe ***** 3

On-site ranger/staff at visitor centre  |  It can get busy at peak/holiday times

Conclusion

A park that’s probably nicer now than it’s ever been, with modern Visitor’s Centre and cafe, and much improved surfaces to car parks and pathways – it’s flat terrain making it easily accessible for people of all ages/mobilities.  The canal-side location adds extra interest and opens up further opportunities for easy walking and cycling.  When your there, you’d hardly guess you’re in the city – making it an easily accessible ‘escape’ for city folk.